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England's Man of the Match Ben Stokes said on Sunday that it is nice to comeback to the same venue where they lost the World T20 final last year and get a win in similar circumstances.

England last April lost by four wickets with two balls remaining to the West Indies at the Eden Gardens, the same venue where they beat India on Sunday by five runs to script their first win of the series.

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The poor form of Indian openers in the ODI series against England is not a concern for captain Virat Kohli, who on Sunday said they need to be given some time.

India lost to England by five runs to end the three-match series 2-1. The openers, Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane scored a total of 37 runs with Rahane playing just Sunday's game and scoring just one.

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Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya's heroic batting efforts went in vain as England produced a disciplined performance riding on an all-round show by Ben Stokes to defeat India by five runs in a nerve-wracking third One Day International at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

However, with India having already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead after the first two games, it was only a consolation win for the visitors before a full house at the iconic Eden Gardens, where the track's bounce and movement afforded good assistance to the English seamers.

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England pacer Chris Woakes expressed happiness to play a part in England's first victory of the India tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday.

Woakes bowled the final over of the innings, with India needing 16 runs with two wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens. He was blasted for a six and a four in the first two balls of the over. But under tremendous pressure, he kept his composure to restrict India to 316/9, chasing 321/8, to win by a narrow margin.

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Gurjinder Singh's successful penalty corner conversion gave Kalinga Lancers a 1-0 victory over Delhi Waveriders in their opening match of the Hockey India League (HIL) at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.

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Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal was forced to dig deep to overcome unseeded Thailand teenager Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games to clinch the women's singles title of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold on Sunday.

The 26-year-old top seed utilised her bank of experience and her vintage never-say-die attitude to pull off a 22-20, 22-20 win in 46 minutes to bag her first title after making a comeback after a knee surgery she underwent in August.

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Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal thrashed Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin in straight games to storm into the women's singles final of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.

World No.30 Yip Pui Yin lost steam after going neck and neck till the break in the first game before World No.10 Saina used all her experience to take the match 21-13, 21-10 in just over 30 minutes.

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